September 2021

Falls in Older Adults: Where, When

Researchers from China did a cross-sectional study of older adults with cerebrovascular disease who had had a fall with a fracture during a 2-year period. They found 768 patients with 815 fractures; 80-84 years was the group most commonly involved. They recorded where the falls happen, what time of day, and the mechanism of injury (see figure). They concluded that more focus on improved physical function in the primary home setting may be a worthwhile intervention.

Source: Fu M, et al. Characteristics of fall-related fractures in older adults with cerebrovascular disease: a cross-sectional study. Clin Interv Aging. 2021;16:1337–1346. doi: 10.2147/CIA.S316739

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